Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms), Joey Cape

at Thee Parkside

Time: 8:00pm     Day: Saturday     Ages: 21+ Ages     Price: $15

Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms) 

Brendan Kelly has been voted “Best Twitter” by Chicago Reader, was a TV Host, is the guy behind Nihilist Arby’s, sings in The Lawrence Arms, works at The Onion, makes weird art… the list goes on.  Now after a couple years crafting deviant songs he has something new for his cult to consume: a 10-song album called Keep Walkin’ Pal.  He releases his “solo” material under the name Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds, but this is not some emo boy with a guitar or another “punk goes acoustic” outing, this is an artist collective like Wu-Tang Clan or Crass.  It involves musicians, visual artists, studio nerds, and even a college film professor.  We’re not sure how to describe this wild record (Space Rock?  Chiptune?), but we know it’s a likable mix and a real departure from what you’re used to hearing from Brendan and this scene.

brendankellyandthewanderingbirds.bandcamp.com

Joey Cape

Long-time singer-songwriter Joey Cape has drawn inspiration from the candle lit emotion of Kill Rock Stars era Elliott Smith and an upbringing steeped in acoustic acts such as Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens; Cape’s acoustic efforts stand up on their own and finally introduce him as a promising addition to the pantheon of great American singer-songwriters.

joeycape.com